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Update:

Discussed whole convo with my kids who are 9 and 6. They STRONGLY feel that I failed by eating chocolate cuz “ it’s candy.”

They’ve been helping me stay on track, walking with me, and dealing with me having a shorter temper than usual like absolute pros for the last two weeks.

I’m glad you brought this up dude. I’ll be starting Day 1 AGAIN tomorrow.

I’m not giving up.
If you leave the HFCS and Sugar out which is part of the rules you should be good. If you want some simpler carbs maybe try a no sugar waffle/Pancake recipe with butter only. This one uses monk fruit which I have had success with.

I had to stop because I was languishing. I'm getting back to a better fitness level which I know I can do. Once there, I will do another run at the 75 Hard Challenge.
 

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Things like gummy bears and “20% cheat food to hit calories” are breaking the challenge. There isn’t an grey zones on that - he specifically says it dozens of times.

He said if he had one M&M he would have to restart. He said ANY cheat meal would mention he a restart. He even said for him peanut butter would be a restart.

There is a good podcast where he goes over how people adjust the challenge like this and he basically grills people on it. I’ll try find a link.

I get it’s hard - I’ve failed four times already. But adjusting it to make it easier is making it pointless for yourself. You’ll finish but you won’t get the same benefits from the challenge. Those one or two gummy bears will rob you of most of the lessons from this. Both of you started one way the first time and now are changing the challenge instead of stepping things up.

You both can do it the right way (and only way) - just make it work. You’ll forever know you had the discipline to do something like this which means tons of confidence to tackle bigger goals in life.
 

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Basically, the rules are:

1) Strict Diet – No cheating, not even 1 bite, and No alcohol

2) Two Workouts* per Day – 1 has to be outside and both have to be at least 45 minutes

(*this can mean jogging, swimming, yoga - doesn't have to be gym)

3) Drink 1 Gallon of Water per Day – Nothing but clear, plain water counts

4) Read 10 Pager per Day – From a non-fiction self-help book or business book

5) Take a Progress Picture Every Day – So you can see the progress at the end


For 75 days with no days off.
I am on board (or will be). I need to plan it but will join you soon.

Just my take here because I can see people going to the list (even MJ didn't comment on the metrics).

I recently read a book from the mrinsidesales (Mike Brooks) and he says what has been my biggest sin and is so obvious.

Practice doesn't make perfect. If you practice bad routine, you will end up having a habit of doing bad routine. You need to tweak the activity along the way.

1) It's pretty straightforward. Sticking to a diet of your choice that is healthy. e.g. I can eat what you cannot so you are 'cheating'. NO. Eating what is healthy for you fulfils the requirement.

For me - no carbs or low (below 30 g per day), diet from porn / masturbation, diet from news (find me good news television or newspaper?!!!), diet from negativity (people, events and thoughts)​

2) Can be lawnmowing. YES LAWNMOWING COUNTS! I don't lawnmown daily so if on one of my days I feel like it and do it for 45 mins IT COUNTS MF. When lawnmowing you carry and swing a heavy piece of equipment (gym anybody?), or push it and pull it (gym again?!)...

For me - I already cycle to work 2x 20mins a day. I can easily add 25mins to my route. I go to the gym every other day too. Need to add the every other other other day ;) and am fixed.​

3) No brainer. We have to drink it.

For me - I could disagree if it's good but I Won't. I can pick on something else (pick your battles wisely). I wanted to stop drinking coffee, alcohol etc. Will be extremely challenging because my best friend has a wedding. Touche... I don't have to drink. If you are worried then tell your friends you are a recovering alcoholic. For example.​

4) I have been doing it for years now. Which is why one of the 'flaws' of the program for me is - if it's not a challenge I should add to this activity to make it one. I have other 'vices' that I want to eradicate which I would put on the list. This brings this question:

If it's not a challenge, is it still a challenge?
If we have been doing something for 500 / 1500 days in a row, does it still count to put it on the list?​

5) Easy. Also easy to forget.

I'm really embarrassed even writing this but it has to be done. While I struggled with working out twice a day due to me also working 12 hour days on my business doing physical work it was ultimately alcohol that knocked me off the challenge both times. The majority of my social circle revolves around pubs/clubbing and I do some bar-tending work at night even while not drinking as I just enjoy being around the scene. Even going out after work on a date or just to meet a friend I like to loosen up over a drink.
I am developing a business that revolves around sugar/carbs only. We need to make a choice. It's either this or .... I used to be (still am) the person that left parties at 10pm to get enough of 'beauty sleep'. I always had arguments with my friends about it. Also felt guilty about it for a really long time. Now I don't. Discipline.

Unfortunately no mowing the lawn doesn't count. Andy specifically mentioned this example while going off on a rant lol.
Andy is not a god and he is wrong with this one. Or just tricking everybody. The challenge here is also to think what it means. If you don't do anything then lawnmowing counts. It doesn't really differ from a good gym workout. Of course you won't be mowing the same plot 75 days in a row. ;)

First of all, it takes a particular lifestyle to be able to do 2 workouts a day. The amount of times I have to forego my workout because of work and family commitments is a lot. I'd say I sacrifice at least one workout a week because of stuff that needs doing.
These are just excuses man. I am the same and I remember a couple of weeks ago even, I was thinking why I couldn't do something (e.g. I am too handsome, too tall, too rich, too funny - ok turning it around a bit here, but you get the point?) and this is why I didn't do it. Now when I read this thread I am thinking how to do it, what it takes. I even started visualising it, without my conscious control to be honest, different parts of accomplishing it and guess what. The thoughts how to accomplish it come to me without effort and the feeling of me wanting to do it is growing bigger and bigger.... but you need to feel it, really feel it inside.

JUST FIND THE REASON THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IT AND THEN GO AND ACHIEVE IT
PS Write down everything you do daily. EVERYTHING. You may find that you are literally wanking (mentally and physically) for 2hrs a day, and you don't even know this. WHY? HOW COME? Because our subconscious is 'running' us for 95% of the time. So we need to be aware of what it is doing while we aren't paying attention. WRITE IT DOWN. BE AWARE. DEVELOP AWARENESS.

PS2 Forgot to mention. THIS IS THE BEST THREAD I have come across since... Don't remember. Great job Fox!
 
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Ok, count me in. More self discipline and structure is needed in my life.

Some things I will do/use to make it through the challenge:

- I will use a spreadsheet to make sure I won't fail duo to forgetting something. I will use the following spreadsheet: https://www.ultraworking.com/lights I will also create a reminder on my smartphone to remind me to check my spreadsheet in the evening.

- Instead of working out 3-4 times per week for 2 hours I will split it up to be 1 hour per day. I will also make sure to drink A LOT of water while in the gym.

- I will create a morning routine that gets me a headstart. It will look like this:
1. 2 big glasses of water
2. 45 min. of walking with my kindle reading
3. 2 big glasses of water
4. 5 min. cold shower
5. progress picture
6. finish reading 10 pages if needed
7. 10 min visualization
8. 2 big glasses of water

I will also aim to do the activities of the phase 1 challenge as well, as I think that I will profit by doing them.
Here is a screenshot:
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It might seem like overkill to also include the phase 1 activities but the actually include things I would like to do anyways.
Vizualization has many benefits but I haven't sticked to it in the past.
Cold showers are very healthy and I did them in the past, so I know I actually enjoy them after getting used to them within a couple of days.
3 more critical tasks on my to-do will make me more productive and increase my work ethic so I am all for it.

Good luck to you all!
 

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A quick update.

Back at day one after failing to stick to my strict diet, struggling to get enough calories from healthy sources so I'm wondering if it's alright to have 20% of borderline unhealthy food to reach a calorie surplus, considering the fact that I'm trying to gain weight.

I've been noticing a couple things recently, I've definitely been using my asthma inhaler alot less, I used to use it every night because I was wheezing but I haven't used it for the past week at all. I can also see that my recovery time has been dramatically reduced, I seem to be able to recover quite quickly after the 45 minute outdoor session.

The challenge has definitely improved my asthma and this has been extremely beneficial as I'm able to play sports without reaching fatigue quickly and I survived a 50 minute tennis session without the use of my inhaler.

A problem I've been having though is that I've only been getting around 6 hours of sleep because I have to wake up at 5AM so that I can workout without my parents knowing. Obviously, this isn't ideal for growth and repair and I should be getting between 7½ to 9 hours at my age, which means that I should sleep at around 9:30 at least. I need to start placing sleep higher on my priority list, so it would be extremely helpful if anyone could recommend me a book or podcast of some sort that highlights the benefits and purpose of sleep.
As has already been stated allowing 'unhealthy food' to make up 20% of your diet defeats the purpose of the programme. Also if you've noticed an improvement in your asthma and overall health. It would seem counterintuitive to eat junk food.

If your struggling to eat enough calories from healthy food choices then what your going to want to do is increase your hunger. The best way to do this is to drink a glass of juice (200 - 300ml will do). Within the hour you will feel hungry. By doing this your spiking your insulin and causing an energy 'crash' afterward where you'll feel hungry. This is why if your trying to loose weight juices/smoothies will not not serve you. But for your purposes it will help.

Also are you being truthful with yourself about it being too hard to get enough calories from healthy food to gain weight or do you just want an excuse to eat junk? Be honest. I've posted a link before but here's another one on the vertical diet. If your goal is weight gain, health and performance then this is the diet for you.

View: https://youtu.be/pQWcN4yWPG4


If you are comfortable doing this challenge, in my mind you've already failed.
100%. If your trying to make it easier your missing the point. If you find it's getting easy then tweak it to make it harder. Personally I started walking with a weight vest to make my outdoor workouts harder.

2) Can be lawnmowing. YES LAWNMOWING COUNTS! I don't lawnmown daily so if on one of my days I feel like it and do it for 45 mins IT COUNTS MF.

Andy is not a god and he is wrong
I understand your intention is not to be confrontational and nor is mine. But I have to address this. I didn't call him a God or some omnipotent being. You drew that conclusion on your own.

For the sake of this programme, which is his programme then logically you should be following the rules he set out for his programme. Would you not agree?

If you disagree and you are free to. Then start your own programme.

Day 1 AGAIN.

Love you stupidheads. Smdh.
Respect for holding yourself to a high standard. I'm on my third attempt so I can relate. It sucks. But ultimately it will make the finish all the sweeter. You got this
 

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Whats up guys! Names jack, I'm a new poster on FLF, but have read the book (why were all here) and have been lurking on the forum for awhile, but havent posted till now. This is what made me want to start posting. I'm 20 YO and go to university in Miami and do Ecommerce branding.

Huge fan of Andy Frisella, on my first try with 75HARD, day 7 today.

By far the hardest thing for me personally has been the no alcohol. I am around a constant environment of partying/drugs and alcohol. I'm home for summer right now and literally all of my friends do it 3x a week. Its been really hard saying no but I am getting better in every way, am way more focused on the work that needs to be done. I don't plan on quitting. The hardest part is I'm going to be around day 55 on my 21st birthday. Thats gonna be hard.

Everything else I already did for the most part, worked out every day and still doing that but now just adding in a 45 min outside session at night. Had to up water intake to a gallon but it wasn't too bad adjusting. Love reading so no problem there. I've always ate healthy, but no cheat meal definitely is pretty hard. Used to usually take one once a week.

Looking forward to talking to you guys and crushing this. Follow me on IG if you guys want to connect: @jackkrhodes

Cheers :)
 
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Whats up guys! Names jack, I'm a new poster on FLF, but have read the book (why were all here) and have been lurking on the forum for awhile, but havent posted till now. This is what made me want to start posting. I'm 20 YO and go to university in Miami and do Ecommerce branding.

Huge fan of Andy Frisella, on my first try with 75HARD, day 7 today.

By far the hardest thing for me personally has been the no alcohol. I am around a constant environment of partying/drugs and alcohol. I'm home for summer right now and literally all of my friends do it 3x a week. Its been really hard saying no but I am getting better in every way, am way more focused on the work that needs to be done. I don't plan on quitting. The hardest part is I'm going to be around day 55 on my 21st birthday. Thats gonna be hard.

Everything else I already did for the most part, worked out every day and still doing that but now just adding in a 45 min outside session at night. Had to up water intake to a gallon but it wasn't too bad adjusting. Love reading so no problem there. I've always ate healthy, but no cheat meal definitely is pretty hard. Used to usually take one once a week.

Looking forward to talking to you guys and crushing this. Follow me on IG if you guys want to connect: @jackkrhodes

Cheers :)
Legend! Welcome to the forums Jack and great to have you on board.
 

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On this right now. MFCEO is a great podcast and really changed my perspective on business and life. I failed twice already.

First time was on the second day when I forgot to take a progress pic. Now I set daily notifications on my phone.

Second time was after a long day, I read like 6 pages and then did something else. Completely forgot the rest and went to bed. That was day 7.

I'm on day 7 again after restarting. No cheat meal part is by far the hardest part. I went to a restaurant with my friends the other day, ordered an appetizer and a drink, and just gave it to my friend and watched him eat it all lol. I'm going to be going out tonight as well but won't be breaking the challenge.

What somewhat helped was during the first two times I tried, I was on a 1500 calorie diet. After dropping 4 lbs in 1 week, and realizing I was cutting wayy too fast, I decided to up my calories to 2300. Still a strict diet with all meals tracked, a bit more manageable. Just gotta stay away from pizza, cookies, restaurant food, and alcohol.
 

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As has already been stated allowing 'unhealthy food' to make up 20% of your diet defeats the purpose of the programme. Also if you've noticed an improvement in your asthma and overall health. It would seem counterintuitive to eat junk food.

If your struggling to eat enough calories from healthy food choices then what your going to want to do is increase your hunger. The best way to do this is to drink a glass of juice (200 - 300ml will do). Within the hour you will feel hungry. By doing this your spiking your insulin and causing an energy 'crash' afterward where you'll feel hungry. This is why if your trying to loose weight juices/smoothies will not not serve you. But for your purposes it will help.

Also are you being truthful with yourself about it being too hard to get enough calories from healthy food to gain weight or do you just want an excuse to eat junk? Be honest. I've posted a link before but here's another one on the vertical diet. If your goal is weight gain, health and performance then this is the diet for you.

View: https://youtu.be/pQWcN4yWPG4
Thank you for recommending the Vertical Diet, it looks as if it can be extremely beneficial for my cause. I don't control my buying decisions, my parents do, but if I wanted something, my parents might buy it. My current diet consists of oatmeal, nuts and seeds, a lot of rice and vegetables, with the occasional meat. Therefore I try to eat as much as I can of the food my mom makes, I need to start eating a lot more eggs and I can't spend much in my school's canteen, so I just have to get by.

My sister just got a candy floss (cotton candy) machine for her birthday, it's so tempting!
 
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I understand your intention is not to be confrontational and nor is mine. But I have to address this. I didn't call him a God or some omnipotent being. You drew that conclusion on your own.

For the sake of this programme, which is his programme then logically you should be following the rules he set out for his programme. Would you not agree?

If you disagree and you are free to. Then start your own programme.
Apologies if my comment has come across like this.

I want to encourage everyone to do this. But I think this message is clear


Listen the whole thing but if you are interested what you can do listen from around 39:30.
 
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My sister just got a candy floss (cotton candy) machine for her birthday, it's so tempting!
That's painful ha. Best of luck

Day 39

This is where I fell on my first attempt. It's been a long climb just to get back to where I was 6 weeks ago :rofl:. But in the end this will have made accomplishing it all the better. And it's more realistic, at least for myself. Progress is rarely if ever linear, it's up and down more than bitcoin stock. That's why I find it's good to focus on day to day tasks but you also have to step back and take in an aerial view of your life. Because no matter what there will be day to day failures and it's easy to let these anchor you down. But if your able to look at it from a macro level hopefully you'll see that despite minor set backs overall your progressing.

Here's a couple of snaps. From Day 1 to my current point today Day 39. Just got done with my outdoor cardio. You get some weird looks from folk when your walking around wearing a bulletproof vest .:rofl:

How's everyone else doing, where are you today?

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Started it 16 days ago.
Had my goal half-marathon race on last weekend and I wanted to perform as best as I could so I skipped the second workout on race day and on the day before. I was feeling sore and really felt I needed to stay off my feet because I had not done any tapering. It was a kind of planned failure because I already knew I was not going to drink a full gallon of pure water on race day anyway.
So I started again this Monday and I'm on day 5 now.


2. I am surprised to not see any discussions regarding struggles with alcohol consumption, knowing how common it is for many people to take at least one drink per day and more if is under social pressure. Related to this theme, the other day in the Rich Roll Podcast there was a british guy who said more than 90% of people fail to sober up for a single month due to peer pressure.
When I started, I was expecting the most difficult part for me would be to avoid alcohol. But it's actually one of the easiest parts of the challenge. It's probably because I have my strongest "why" with alcohol. I've noticed recently that after even 2 or 3 light beers I sleep really bad and for next 3 days I'm feeling different - not like a hangover but I'm in bad mood, negative, lazy, slow and not getting things done. Did not have this when I was younger. So I see a huge benefit of cutting alcohol ( but if anyone knows what causes this and how to avoid it please share it with me - would love to enjoy few beers after my 75hard without "bad days" haha).

Talk about your struggles.
What one task is proving hardest to stick to?
The most difficult part for me is finding time for the second workout. Not every day but there are at least a few days per week when it's extremely difficult. Lack of time(having much to do at work + wife complaining that I don't spend enough time with her and kids) is one excuse but what makes it really difficult is that I don't see much value of doing exactly 2X45+min over other schedules of getting the same amount of training or more.
 
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That's painful ha. Best of luck

Day 39

This is where I fell on my first attempt. It's been a long climb just to get back to where I was 6 weeks ago :rofl:. But in the end this will have made accomplishing it all the better. And it's more realistic, at least for myself. Progress is rarely if ever linear, it's up and down more than bitcoin stock. That's why I find it's good to focus on day to day tasks but you also have to step back and take in an aerial view of your life. Because no matter what there will be day to day failures and it's easy to let these anchor you down. But if your able to look at it from a macro level hopefully you'll see that despite minor set backs overall your progressing.

Here's a couple of snaps. From Day 1 to my current point today Day 39. Just got done with my outdoor cardio. You get some weird looks from folk when your walking around wearing a bulletproof vest .:rofl:

How's everyone else doing, where are you today?

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Doing great - how are those vests for training in?
Are you doing the steps in Edmonton or mostly flat ground?

Day 15 for me today so 1/5 done overall.

Had a dream last night someone gave me chocolate and was in a panic this morning trying to remember if it really happened haha.

I am finding the hardest thing is getting in enough sleep. Between work and the challenge, I am doing a lot every day. I will be working on my time management a lot to make sure I don't fail this.

Another thing is I am working on being present while doing each task. Sometimes you can just cruise through the motions and it doesn't feel as "progressive" afterwards. I am finding it important to focus on just one thing at a time and give it my all while I am doing it.
 

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@Fox 100% Agree, Sanction and Promote this challenge!! It will steer your life's path in an unfathomable & marvelous direction! Though she is a little bit too strict haha.

I smashed through a similar feat this year, it was only for 35 days & I seriously broke down wept for absolute joy upon completion. It changed my life & YES I was allowed wine two times a week!!
I will be releasing a YouTube video shortly about the experience.

Initially the aim was physical transformation; To loose my belly fat gain those wash board abs.
Ashamed; I got obese, lazy & depressed resulting in self-conscious thoughts which thus fed the negative feedback loop. We can all do without that shit in our lives!

The results after 5 quick weeks literally blew my mind!
Not only transforming me physically, it elevated me mentally further than I could have ever imagined.
I woke up..."HELLO WORLD"

One shocking realization was my relationship with Alcohol! The internal script that dictates, "I cannot go out & be social without alcohol!" was shattered.
Admittedly it was initially challenging to tear apart these mental barriers, but waking up fresh at sunrise to go to the calisthenics park after a night partying felt fantastic. It was pure joy to know your friends are still sleeping with hangovers while you are pushing your limits & getting ahead.

For any of you who relate to 'old me', trust me you wont know this until you try this challenge....you will shake off some disgusting "friends" that are in fact dragging you down to their level. They cant stand to see you in this process of change. Seriously F*ck-em bye-bye now!

After blasting though a serious amount self-development books & YouTube videos (including MJ's Unscripted) I finally arrived at this forum, now fitter & stronger both in mind & body.
I havent watched TV or playing useless computer games since I can remember, instead I am spending my evenings learning to program, eat healthy & keep fit.

I so excited to start round two of the 35 days course on 8 July with the aim to hit the 12% body fat mark. If I do not make it, it will have been a blast and I will just have to contain my excitement for the following five week session.

The MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE i can share is:
There will always be "something" that prevents you from starting until this & that is over.

1) Stop bullshitting to yourself! Pick a start date & begin preparations
2) Have courage to succeed! Didn't reach your ultimate goal!? If you worked had you CANNOT fail, trust me.
3) Commit yourself Fully to the process! FULLY!!! Warning this could result in tears of joy on the last day!

Your body & mind will thank you! So
1) pick a date in the near future,
2) prepare a diet plan (recommend: combo of keto-diet and intermittent fasting every day)
3) prepare your workout schedule (early morning after a two coffees, 45 mins before eating breakfast and when your at least 12 hours fasted is optimal for fat breaking & hormones etc.)
4) Fridge pickers wear bigger knickers - NO SNACKING
5) No more than 4 days working out in a row, do not underestimate the power of rest days
6) Sleep (8 hours minimum, though I could only ever get 7)

Hope this motivates someone & whom ever that may be...God speed fellow human!
 

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Currently on day four after re-starting (for the second time). Feeling good.

I know we've talked a lot about the challenges we're having completing this, but let's talk a little about what benefits we're seeing as we journey through this.

As I've said before, drinking a gallon of water a day is a challenge, mostly because of the many restroom visits I need to make. A benefit of that is it literally forces me to stand up from my desk and take a little walk a lot more often than I did before.

Another benefit is that now when I get home from work instead of plopping down on the couch to play Sudoku on the phone, I pick up a book because I know that if I don't do the reading then, it won't happen. Of course, I used to tell myself that I'd just play for 5-10 minutes to relax, but often that would stretch to 30 minutes or more.

Although the scale is down about five pounds from when I first started (6/12/19 - man, just thinking that I could be on day 17 instead of day 4 is frustrating and motivating at the same time!), I haven't noticed much in the way of physical changes - still waiting for those washboard abs to show up!

So, what are the greatest benefits that you've seen in your life since starting this challenge?
 

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Currently on day four after re-starting (for the second time). Feeling good.

I know we've talked a lot about the challenges we're having completing this, but let's talk a little about what benefits we're seeing as we journey through this.

As I've said before, drinking a gallon of water a day is a challenge, mostly because of the many restroom visits I need to make. A benefit of that is it literally forces me to stand up from my desk and take a little walk a lot more often than I did before.

Another benefit is that now when I get home from work instead of plopping down on the couch to play Sudoku on the phone, I pick up a book because I know that if I don't do the reading then, it won't happen. Of course, I used to tell myself that I'd just play for 5-10 minutes to relax, but often that would stretch to 30 minutes or more.

Although the scale is down about five pounds from when I first started (6/12/19 - man, just thinking that I could be on day 17 instead of day 4 is frustrating and motivating at the same time!), I haven't noticed much in the way of physical changes - still waiting for those washboard abs to show up!

So, what are the greatest benefits that you've seen in your life since starting this challenge?
I’m gonna go ahead and thank you. I’ve been thinking about this ever since you asked.

I think these count as benefits.

Seeing the sky go purple in the morning while listening to the birds and the frogs sing hallelujahs.

Walking in the dark while my nonverbal scowl changes to a little smile cuz I’m actually doing this thing.

Hearing my boys (9 and 6) laugh hysterically and command me “Don’t look mama! Don’t look!!!” in every candy section of every grocery store.. basically them 150% supporting me and being gracious about it.

Waking them up in the morning with kisses instead of them waking me up because we’re gonna be late if I don’t get dressed and rush out the door RIGHT NOW.

Avocados in all their glory and the fact that I am cooking more and more.

Spending time actually praying.

Being so tired and relaxed down to my bones because I pushed myself so hard in my workouts that I’m chill af lately. Mostly. Lol.
 

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Back to day 1 tomorrow.

Came home today and saw a cupcake on table. Asked my wife if she added any sugar. No, only banana and a little bit of dark chocolate she replied.

So, when it was already too late I realized I just broke my diet.

The problem's that I had defined my diet too broadly which left me room to think for a moment that it's OK if it only has few % of added sugar from powder and chocolate.

Damn, I don't even like cupcakes haha.
 

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The problem's that I had defined my diet too broadly
Yeah, that's a problem for me as well.

Where's the border between junk food and healthy food?
KFC is 100% junk, what about a pizza? A steak? Pasta at an Italian restaurant?

My diet includes no sweets. Chocolate is out, soft drinks like coke are out. What about lemonade? Strawberry milkshake? Can I use honey in my coffee?

I'm not trying to make it easier or cut the corners. When in doubt, I skip the food/drink.
I just started getting paranoid. I even decided to give my lunch away to a friend one day. Made a last minute call the meal was too shady, even though it did not violate any of my diet rules.
 
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Yeah, that's a problem for me as well.

Where's the border between junk food and healthy food?
KFC is 100% junk, what about a pizza? A steak? Pasta at an Italian restaurant?

My diet includes no sweets. Chocolate is out, soft drinks like coke are out. What about lemonade? Strawberry milkshake? Can I use honey in my coffee?

I'm not trying to make it easier or cut the corners. When in doubt, I skip the food/drink.
I just started getting paranoid. I even decided to give my lunch away to a friend one day. Made a last minute call the meal was too shady, even though it did not violate any of my diet rules.
I basically went with a “if I was to eat a LOT of thing would it become a problem?” litmus test.

Pizza for sure fails that test.

I’ve been sticking with foods and meals I would feel good about eating on a daily basis (knowing they are healthy).
 

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I’m gonna go ahead and thank you. I’ve been thinking about this ever since you asked.

I think these count as benefits.

Seeing the sky go purple in the morning while listening to the birds and the frogs sing hallelujahs.

Walking in the dark while my nonverbal scowl changes to a little smile cuz I’m actually doing this thing.

Hearing my boys (9 and 6) laugh hysterically and command me “Don’t look mama! Don’t look!!!” in every candy section of every grocery store.. basically them 150% supporting me and being gracious about it.

Waking them up in the morning with kisses instead of them waking me up because we’re gonna be late if I don’t get dressed and rush out the door RIGHT NOW.

Avocados in all their glory and the fact that I am cooking more and more.

Spending time actually praying.

Being so tired and relaxed down to my bones because I pushed myself so hard in my workouts that I’m chill af lately. Mostly. Lol.
EXACTLY THIS!!! I've been lurking for awhile now, but this has pushed me into the pool!
 

kristkaa

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Yeah, that's a problem for me as well.

Where's the border between junk food and healthy food?
KFC is 100% junk, what about a pizza? A steak? Pasta at an Italian restaurant?

My diet includes no sweets. Chocolate is out, soft drinks like coke are out. What about lemonade? Strawberry milkshake? Can I use honey in my coffee?

I'm not trying to make it easier or cut the corners. When in doubt, I skip the food/drink.
I just started getting paranoid. I even decided to give my lunch away to a friend one day. Made a last minute call the meal was too shady, even though it did not violate any of my diet rules.
Lemonade is pure crap imo and so is milkshake if it contains any amount of added sugar.

Honey I've heard looses all of its health benefits if added to hot drink and becomes equal to sugar but I don't know how hot the drink has to be for that.

I suggest cutting all soft and sweet drinks. I did it some time ago and after few months I started feeling the sweetness of few drops of milk in my coffee.
 

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I’m gonna go ahead and thank you. I’ve been thinking about this ever since you asked.

I think these count as benefits.

Seeing the sky go purple in the morning while listening to the birds and the frogs sing hallelujahs.

Walking in the dark while my nonverbal scowl changes to a little smile cuz I’m actually doing this thing.

Hearing my boys (9 and 6) laugh hysterically and command me “Don’t look mama! Don’t look!!!” in every candy section of every grocery store.. basically them 150% supporting me and being gracious about it.

Waking them up in the morning with kisses instead of them waking me up because we’re gonna be late if I don’t get dressed and rush out the door RIGHT NOW.

Avocados in all their glory and the fact that I am cooking more and more.

Spending time actually praying.

Being so tired and relaxed down to my bones because I pushed myself so hard in my workouts that I’m chill af lately. Mostly. Lol.
You're badass. Great post. Keep crushing it :)

First attempt, day 9 here. Alcohol continues to be the biggest threat and really only major adjustment. I feel great most of the time, except on weekend nights when I see my friends wasting away their lives at shitty bars. I don't even want to be there, why is this such a temptation to me? Keeping on though

Cheers everyone :)
 

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I basically went with a “if I was to eat a LOT of thing would it become a problem?” litmus test.

Pizza for sure fails that test.

I’ve been sticking with foods and meals I would feel good about eating on a daily basis (knowing they are healthy).
yup this is exactly how Im doing it.
 

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Doing great - how are those vests for training in?
Are you doing the steps in Edmonton or mostly flat ground?
Loving the weighted vest. It's 40 lbs and contains multiple sand filled pouches which can be removed so you can vary the weight. This is part of the reason I didn't go for a smaller 20lb vest as you can't increase it past that point.

So far all I've been doing is walking with it, plan to start doing calisthenic workouts this week. Yesterday I did 10 sets of stairs which was positively horrendous :happy:. My calves kept going into spasms on the way home, it proved quite hard to drive:rofl:

So, what are the greatest benefits that you've seen in your life since starting this challenge?
1) Strict Diet – No cheating, not even 1 bite, and No alcohol
Physically - I'm close to or at the best condition of my life.

Mentally - this has really helped me change a lot of my preconceived notions about following a diet. I don't know what charlatan coined the term 'cheat meal/day' but I sure hope he made some money off it. Because the most of the world (the fitness world) seems convinced that cheat meals or even days are necessary.

Why? Under what circumstances is it ever beneficial to eat pizza and ice cream?
"Oh if you don't have at least one cheat day a week your metabolism will slow down. Cheat days help reignite your metabolism." Sound familiar? Looking at it now I realize how F*cking preposterous such an idea is. All it does is give people an out to sin for a while and not feel bad about it. But you certainly feel bad physically the next day.

2) Two Workouts per Day – 1 has to be outside and both have to be at least 45 minutes

Loving the fact that one of them has to be outdoors as it's forcing me to workout outside which otherwise I wouldn't be doing. Reminds me of my youth playing Rugby in the Winter in Ireland, you learn fast that conditions are rarely if ever perfect. But the work needs to be done regardless. And on days when conditions are great it feels fantastic to be exerting yourself while out in the sun. It's easy to forget about how good a dose of vitamin D can make you feel

3) Drink 1 Gallon of Water per Day – Nothing but clear, plain water counts
Skin has been very clear recently. Even as an adult I still get the occasional pimple but not lately. Also it's forced me to drink less coffee as I literally don't have the adequate stomach capacity to cope with any more liquid :rofl:

4) Read 10 Pager per Day – From a non-fiction self-help book or business book

Always been an avid reader but I've been guilty of inconsistency at times. This programme has kept me honest, so far I've read six books (I'm on my third attempt). Which is good for me as I'm a slow reader.

5) Take a Progress Picture Every Day – So you can see the progress at the end

This one is fairly obvious. You get tangible evidence of your progress

- Added Benefit
More money in the pocket. Funny enough when you don't drink, smoke or eat out much your bank account just seems to shoot up. Weird eh?


EXACTLY THIS!!! I've been lurking for awhile now, but this has pushed me into the pool!
Welcome aboard :)
 

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I am back on 75 hard after failing again last week, today marks the completion of day 1. This will be my 4th attempt.

Failures:
-2 failures a few days in when I first started
-1 failure on day 14 due to not taking a progress pic

For this iteration, I had to add some foods back into my diet as I was losing weight too rapidly on the carnivore diet and was experiencing a lack of energy. I would have to eat roughly 4-5 lbs of meat per day to get enough calories for my body size, which just isn't feasible with my current schedule.

So I'm doing more of a carnivore-based keto diet now for this next attempt. No grains, starches, legumes, fruits, root veggies, sweeteners / added sugar, alcohol, etc.

Still a very strict diet, so we'll see how it goes.
 

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